Mr. Mehdi Varzi began his career as a Senior Analyst at NIOC before serving as a diplomat for ten years. In 1982, he joined a firm of London stockbrokers, which subsequently merged with Kleinwort Benson, later becoming Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where he held the position of Director, Oil and Gas Research.
In 1998, Mr. Varzi played a major role in the appointment of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as Financial Advisor to the National Petrochemical Company of Iran (the first such appointment of a foreign bank in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979). In 2001, he was promoted to Managing Director, Energy Research. In the same year, he established Varzi Energy as an independent international oil and gas consultancy and was appointed as Senior Energy Consultant, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Mr. Varzi obtained a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA in the Politics and Economics of the Near and Middle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.